Saturday was a busy day at the Iffley Road Squash Courts, with 6 Women’s matches and 5 Men’s matches all taking place. The UKAF came over for the match, bringing with them a strong team. We also had a strong team, with our top 6 women seeds managing to play this week, as well as a strong men’s side being fielded. Oxford was also excited to host its first formal fixture on our freshly reconditioned courts. Sadly, two of the women armed forces’ players had to drop out last minute, but we sorted it out so that all players got at least one match.
The Oxford Men’s Blues came out firing. Well into the swing of thing, coming off the back of consecutive weekends of squash fixtures, the men’s line up proved too strong for their opponents. New recruit Mandela Patrick was first out of the blocks, putting a severe fitness challenge to his opponent, and ultimately wearing him down for the swift 3-0 victory [11/3 11/4 11/3]. T-Paine, aka Tom Paine, was in his usual form of sadism, comfortably working his opponent between the back and front court, and taking the 3-0 win also [11/2 11/3 11/5]. Grandpa (Pranav Sharma ), The Kid (Tom Trott) and Duke (Tim Delport) followed suit, all taking 3-0 victories. Games scores of [11/4 11/2 11/9], [11/4 11/7 11/1] and [11/5 11/1 11/8], respectively. Special mention to Timmy Delport for taking his first win in the dark blue – well earnt!
Our top two seeds, Hayley and Laura, were on great form as usual, with Hayley winning her match 3-1 and Laura 3-0. A little bit of re-seeding saw Isabel playing 3rd seed, and she had a very close game, taking it to five games but ultimately losing 3-2, 11-8 in the 5th. There was then pressure on Alethea to take the win for us in the 4th game of a 4 string match, but sadly the UKAF had greater depth of talent and she lost 3-0, though her first game was very tight. Special thanks to Isabel then for winning 2 games, and just securing the win for Oxford!
With all the seeded games played, two of the UKAF players kindly went on against our 5th and 6th seeds, and although both had good games, the fact that they were playing against higher seeds showed, and they both lost 3-0. Overall it was a great day of strong squash.
Following the matches, we all went over to Wadham for a drinks reception hosted by our very own Senior Treasurer Cpt. Mike Sauvage. It was great to be able to mingle and get to know some of the UKAF players in a non-competitive setting. After, we headed over Café Rouge for a team dinner, which was great fun and great food. All in all it was a very fun and rewarding day, and we hope the fixture continues to be a regular in the calendar.